When I asked Akron Aeros starting pitcher Steven Wright if we can start calling him the next Tim Wakefield before Thursday night’s game against the Bowie Baysox, he answered “I hope so. That’d be good.” The way Wright and his knuckleball have been dominating AA-hitters this year, it may be time to start taking the comparison seriously.
Before the season, there wasn’t much reason to expect much out of Wright. Despite being a 2nd round draft pick in 2006, he was entering his age-27 season and was coming off being ranked as the 82nd best prospect in the entire Indians system before this year and 97th before 2011 by IPI. A ranking that low in consecutive years doesn’t show much of a Major League future, but Wright has turned that upside down in 2012.
In 8 starts this year, Wright owns a 3-2 record, a sterling 1.75 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and very good peripherals (3.03 FIP, 8.16 SO/9). Most importantly, Wright has really started to master his knuckleball, a pitch that he’s been throwing almost his entire life. Read More…
From Indians Prospect Insider, June 1, 2012